July, 2015

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New Website Now Available for The Safety Store!
The Safety Store, a division of the Indiana University Department of Pediatrics is celebrating 10 years of serving the kids of Indiana by launching a new website that provides a  resource for high quality, low-cost child safety products and free injury prevention education.  The IUSM Safety Store is the first of its kind in the nation to serve the needs of all children, including safety for children with disabilities or special health care needs.  The goal of the Safety Store is to prevent accidents, which are the leading cause of death in children ages 1 - 14.  Visit the The Safety Store website today!

Information provided by The Safety Store ( https://safetystore.iu.edu/).

Pediatric Healthcare Heroes

Do you know someone that goes above and beyond for children or has done something extraordinary for a child?  If so, please nominate that pediatric healthcare hero!  iEMSC will be taking nominations all year long for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana. Please make your nomination today!  All nominations will be considered for the 2016 Healthcare Heroes Awards breakfast.  You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to Courtney VanJelgerhuis at courtney.vanjelgerhuis@indianapolisems.org

Pediatric Care Coordinator

Indiana EMSC is committed to providing support and technical consultation to organizations interested in developing a Pediatric Care Coordinator role. We are in the process of developing a quarterly newsletter designed specifically to support the role of Pediatric Care Coordination. Each edition will focus on specific, achievable and impactful areas for improvement.  To sign up for this newsletter, please contact  Courtney VanJelgerhuis, Indiana EMSC Program Manager.



This section or our newsletter is focused on highlighting information from the Pediatric Readiness Survey that our emergency departments participated in during 2014.  Results for Indiana, as well as nationally, demonstrate that there is a real need for us to improve our readiness to care for children.  The EMSC National Resource Center has created a Pediatric Readiness Toolkit to assist emergency departments with this process (download this toolkit by clicking on the checklist above).  Each month we will highlight different sections of the toolkit and strategies to improve our overall ability to care for children.

Quality Improvement: Developing an Initial Assessment and Plan

Quality improvement is vital to a successful pediatric program.  Quality improvement helps to:
  • Identify preventable errors and system inefficiencies 
  • Provide information on how well your organization's processes are working
  • Allow for ongoing improvements in patient care
  • Monitor performance
  • Promote a safer and better experience for your patients, their families, and providers
Tenets of Quality Improvement
  1. Evidence-based approaches
  2. Proactive rather than reactive approach to errors and inefficiencies
  3. Safety is a priority
  4. Errors should be made transparent
  5. Needs are anticipated- building a high reliability organization
  6. Focus improvements within the boundaries of the infrastructure
  7. Minimization of wide variations
  8. Change should be centered around the needs of patients
Quality Improvement Process
  • Aim: Decide what you are trying to accomplish
  • Measures: Determine how to assess whether changes would be an improvement
  • Ideas: Determine what changes should be made that will result in an improvement
  • Plan-Do-Study-Act
How Can You Make Quality Improvement a Priority at Your Institution? 
  • Identify leaders (e.g., you) who will support a QI initiative
  • Recognize that QI leads to overall improvement in patient care - Determining that high quality care has been delivered is only possible if care delivery is measured 
  • Requires a multidisciplinary team approach at all stages 
  • Reach out to others and learn from each other utilizing data from your project metrics - Improvement will usually require ?? change 




As we begin the summer season, it is important to remember simple safety precautions to help make the summer an enjoyable experience for everyone!  

Firework Safety!

Fireworks are an awesome tradition to celebrate the 4th of July but according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,  230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.  The Indiana State Department of Health reported that in Indiana in 2014 there were 141 firework-related injuries reported.  Please follow these basic safety measures to ensure your 4th of July holiday goes off without a hitch!


Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

  • The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.
Be Extra Careful With Sparklers
  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don't burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
  • Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.
Take Necessary Precautions
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances
Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
Information provided by SafeKids.org



Remember that  all hospitals and private medical practices are mandated by law to report firework injuries and deaths to the ISDH to be published in an annual report.  To report any fireworks related injuries please use this Fireworks Injury Reporting Form.  To review the complete 2014 Indiana Firework-Related Injury Report please visit: 



The Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed an informative infographic to highlight the importance of Firework Safety.  Please forward this message far and wide:  Firework Injuries Infographic.  


Upcoming Courses:
  • Free Pediatric Online Training


  • Start and Jump Start Courses by the MESH Coalition
    Simple Treatment and Rapid Triage (START), originally developed by the Newport Beach, California Fire Department, is a standardized and widely applicable triage methodology for first responders and healthcare providers to effectively and efficiently evaluate victims during a mass casualty incident (MCI). This course is designed to provide instruction on why START is important for hospital providers, how to perform START on adults, how to perform JumpSTART on pediatric patients and how to utilize the SMART triage tag system. Participants will have the opportunity to apply START to simulated victims in MCI scenarios. 
    Click here to register. 
  • Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) by the MESH Coalition
    This 8-hour Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) Home Training course, supported by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is designed to provide guidance to hospital staff and others who may be required to support the hospital response to an MCI involving contamination as a result of a natural, accidental or intentional incident.
    Click here to register.  
  • ICS/NIMS Courses by MESH
    The MESH ICS/NIMS course is designed to provide instruction on the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a standardized, and widely applicable management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by integrating a combination of resources within a common organizational structure. Course participants will learn how to identify the key concerns associated with the incident - often under urgent conditions - without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to obtain ICS-100 (Introduction to ICS) and ICS-700 (National Incident Management System (NIMS)) certification by successfully completing online examinations provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Click here to register.
  • Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention Level II

    This two-day course is based on the requirements of NFPA Standard 1035 pertaining to the Youth Fire setting Intervention Specialist Level II. The course is designed for the person who is responsible or will be responsible for leading a youth fire setting prevention and intervention program. 


    At the completion of the course, student will be able to: 
    * Explain the differences between NFPA Standard 1035 Level I and II Youth Fire setting Intervention Specialist. 
    * Summarize the overall job performance requirements of a youth fire setting prevention and intervention program. 
    * Develop a youth fire setting prevention and intervention program in their community. 
    * Demonstrate how to evaluate a youth fire setting prevention and intervention program.

    Click here to register 
Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Courtney VanJelgerhuis

3930 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 630-7888